About Know Your Code

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'Know Your Code' is a safety sign

For the home, workplace, outbuildings or fields which show a postcode or safety location code.

This is easily readable in an emergency when required to call the Emergency Services (Ambulance Service).

The ‘Know Your Code’ is a ‘safety location sign’ can be either the Eircode (where a building receives post) or Loc8 Code which can be used for large buildings, additional building on a site (such as farms and industrial and sports fields but much more). Reduce delays on activating the emergency services by having the safety code to hand. Remember you may not be in your own home when needing an ambulance.

Why display a ‘Know Your Code’ Sign?

  • Do you know the location code (Eircode or Loc8) of your emergency?
  • Will you and your visitors be able to find the code easily in an emergency?
  • Would your babysitter or carer know your Eircode?
  • The worse the emergency the more people panic, the more the panic the more difficult it is to remember; directions to your address, Eircode or to find your Eircode.
  • Help emergency services find you faster.
  • The Ambulance Call Centre can advise the Paramedic crew of your exact location if you know your ‘Eircode’ or ‘Loc8 Code’.
  • Reduce confusion about the address of the emergency by using one of the two safety location codes

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Where to display your Know Your Code sign?

At Home

  • Display it above your front door (inside).
  • At some point, you will have to open your door for the emergency services.
  • When you ring in an emergency go to the front door to read your code.
  • Open the door and turn on lights to help the Ambulance identify your exact location.
  • Turn on lights at the front of the house
  • Send someone to the main road to meet the Ambulance (Only if you have enough people to help)
  • Have the number or name of your house on a pier or frontage wall of the premises
  • Place a car with hazard light on the side of the road (if it is safe to do so)

At Work

  • Display it above front door or reception if it’s not at the front door (inside).
  • Also, display at points where staff are most likely to ring the emergency services eg: at canteens, First Aid rooms or Defibrillator locations
  • Have the name of your business clearly displayed on the front of the building or frontage wall of the premises
  • Send someone to the main road to meet the Ambulance (Only if you have enough people to help)
  • Place a car with hazard light on the side of the road (if it is safe to do so)

Community/Sports Centre

  • Display, above the front door.
  • It may also be advisable to display outside where activities take place as people may ring the emergency services from outside.
  • Send someone to the main road to meet the Ambulance (Only if you have enough people to help)
  • If in a car have your hazard warning lights on.
  • Have people with hi-viz jackets to meet the ambulance and direct them to patient
  • Ensure gates/barriers are open to allow the ambulance to get access as close to the patient as possible 

Football Pitches

  • Display at gate entrance or on the outside of changing rooms
  • By displaying at gates people will become familiar with the location of the code.
  • Use Loc8 code where the pitch is not attached to a location which has an ‘Eircode’ (a premise that doesn’t normally receive post)
  • Send someone to the main road to meet the Ambulance (Only if you have enough people to help)
  • If in a car have your hazard warning lights on.
  • Have people with hi-viz jackets to meet the ambulance and direct them to patient
  • Ensure gates/barriers are open to allow the ambulance to get access as close to the patient as possible 

Farms

  • If your buildings are away from the main house display the ‘Loc8 code’ on gates, doors or wall to fields or out-house

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